The Position Statement explains that advertising or publicity that is deceptive, false or misleading constitutes unprofessional conduct under the Medical Practice Act and provides examples of advertising to include oral, written and other types of communication disseminated by or at the direction of the licensee for the purpose of encouraging or soliciting the use of the licensee’s services. Business letterhead, envelopes and cards are all considered advertising under this Position Statement.
Board Certification should only be advertised when a physician holds current certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the AOA, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or a board that meets a list of seven criteria outlined by the Position Statement. Among these criteria are requirements that the organization requires satisfactory completion of a training program with training, documentation, and clinical requirements similar in scope and complexity to ACGME or AOA approved programs in the specialty or sub-specialty field of medicine in which the physician seeks certification.
The Medical Board also recommends that any advertisement of board certification should disclose in the advertisement the name of the board by which the physician was certified.
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